Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stronger Together

May 6, 2020 | 10:52am

Dear Stray Rescue Family, 

This newsletter is one of the toughest ones I've ever had to sit down and write.  The world is changing daily right before our eyes. The world has had to adjust and adapt at a rapid pace and so has the Rescue world.  One of my concerns was how is Stray Rescue going to be able to help the community the most?  So, when the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon us, we wanted to make sure we were doing everything we could to help our community and be that stabilizing force in people's lives.  That's why it was so important for us to open the new Pet Food Pantry.  So of course, we reached out to YOU to help make this happen.  And as you always do, our donors went into action, between the financial donations and the Amazon donations still coming in with food for the pantry, YOU have helped us feed over 150 families and counting.  We are going to make this a permanent program as long as we can keep the funding in place.

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Our donors have allowed us to keep our Shelter In Place program going strong for over 11 years, which allows us to care for our community in need.  Through this program, we provide medical care and resources to pet owners who need help caring for their animals.  Like with the Pet Food Pantry, the goal of this program is to help keep beloved pets at home with their families and out of a shelter.  So far this year, we have performed spay/neuter surgeries, emergency surgeries including foreign-body removals, wound repairs, and treated puppies suffering from parvo.  We know that the community needs us now more than ever during this crisis, and the Shelter In Place helps us provide this compassionate care.  With your help we an also start implementing low cost vaccines, spay/neuter and vet care to help keep animals with their families.  Which is where they belong.

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Sadly, we are already seeing animals being tied up at our doorsteps and dropped off in crates in the middle of the night.  You can tell these animals were loved and well cared for, but obviously their owners had to make the toughest choice imaginable - to drop them off in a place they knew would be safe.  With people losing their housing, we will see more and more of this.  In this case, I don't consider it abandonment, but people are struggling and being brave, wanting to do what's best for their family. We are privileged to give them their second chance, and that has to do with their donors making us the largest No-Kill organization for over 20 years.

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 The pandemic does not stop animal abuse, neglect and abandonment.  At Stray Rescue, there is not an option to leave them on the street or turn them away.  We are still out there every day rescuing the most injured and vulnerable animals who need the medical care, compassion, and love that Stray Rescue provides.  They deserve nothing less.  The only reason all of this work is possible is because YOU care.  We know that we're living in very uncertain times, and nothing will ever be the same again.  But we know that we'll get through this together and be stronger for it!  With you by our side, believing in us and supporting our work, thousands more lives will be saved.  We hope we can continue to count on your support and donations to help us through this trying time, and we can't wait to welcome you with wide open arms back at the shelter on the other side of the pandemic.  Until then, the best way to help is to please give what you can.  Together we'll continue saving lives!  Pease know in these uncertain times you can be certain we are taking care of the animals.

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Stay Safe and Healthy,

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Cassady Caldwell

Executive Director,

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

SAVE THE DATE: Our Urban Wanderers Art Exhibit and Auction will be a virtual, online, event this year.  Join us from June 2nd - June 5th for the online auction where you can bid on amazing artwork depicting the stories of the animals we rescue.  With donations declining and many of our events canceled, proceeds from this important virtual fundraiser are vital to funding our lifesaving operations.  Visit Strayrescue.org/UW for more information.

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